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Unzipping Zipf's law

One mathematical model can account for power-law distributions in a variety of systems. Eschewing system-specific assumptions, it utilizes a shared feature of the observed distributions: they all describe the division of items into groups.

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Adamic, L. Unzipping Zipf's law. Nature 474, 164–165 (2011).

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